One Kimono, Four Ways – Week 1: Stylish and Subdued

The beginning of February marks the beginning of a new little experiment for me. I thought it would be really interesting to choose one kimono to work with all month, just to show how versatile they can be. I specifically picked this mint iromuji because I feel like these solid-coloured kimono are one of the most often overlooked types of kimono. To some, they may be drab or boring, but I think they’re the “little black dress” of the kimono world. They are incredibly versatile, depending on what sort of styling and accessories you decide to coordinate them with. I hope that if you own an iromuji or two and don’t know what to do with them, by the end of the month you’ll have lots of ideas on how to wear them to different events!

To start, I chose to do a quite traditional outfit in soft pastels. I feel like this would be appropriate for a variety of formal events where you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself, such as a guest at tea ceremony, a wedding, or another formal reception. It also feels very much like it’s looking forward to spring, which is something I desperately need right now. I’ve always wanted to pair this obi and kimono together since the seafoam green colour in the roundels of the obi echoes the colour of the kimono so well, and I love how they look. An embroidered haneri isn’t entirely typical for this type of outfit, but I received this one (and several others) in the mail yesterday and they were too gorgeous not to use. I decided to echo the purple of the irises with the obiage and obijime.

Next week’s outfit will definitely be an unexpected departure from the tone of this one, so be sure to come back!

One Kimono Four Ways

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